trading phono pres was necessary, because the LP 12 sounded incredibly bad through the Vivanco (which is a sh***y phono pre obviously) and too "warm" through the leak.
Both Yammies give an anylytical representation of the phono signal and should not be too far apart from each other as far as "family sound" goes.
Using the Yamaha CR-450 as phonopre proved that the LP12 and the TT2 are not far apart performance wise. The main difference is a more lively presentation from the LP12, though bass is a little bit softer and more muddled.
The TT2 is nearer to a CD-player regarding detail and control, midrange is not as pronounced as with the LP12.
As you might have concluded from me running a Yamaha System (into Monitor Audio Seven speakers) my listening habits are more on the analytical and fast side of the force, so the TT2s sound is more appealing to my ears. I am happy that my wife also likes the TT2s performance better.
Liking or not liking is - as we say in Austria – unhappiness at a very high level. Both turntables give an excellent presentation of what is contained on the vinyl itself, so in the end it boils down to listening habits and preferences.
To finish things up, let me add some technical details:
Heybrook TT2: cast aluminium subchassis with 18mm ply armboard screwed through in both fixing holes in the subchassis (not recommended, but I like the rigid fixture and attribute the contained and fast response to this fact), RB251 in factory trim, steel stub, espressimo heavyweight.
Linn LP12: spot-welded sub-chassis with pre-circus bearing, 8mm OriginLive tonearm board, RB250 serviced and rewired by Mario Grözinger (http://www.highend-online.eu/
), steel stub and tungsten weight, Cardas connector and Linn arm cable.
some cartridge pictures:
listening comparison was done with two identical Vaya Con Dios Night Owls LPs simultaneously.
That’s it, folks!